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Grateful Dead Live at Desert Sky Pavilion on 1994-03-05


Topics Live concert


Feel Like A Stranger, Stagger Lee, El Paso*, Loose Lucy, Broken Arrow, Eternity, Bertha China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Way To Go Home, Saint Of Circumstance -> He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> All Along The Watchtower-> Stella Blue-> One More Saturday Night, E: I Fought The Law


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Desert Sky Pavilion
Location Phoenix, AZ

Source DSBD --> DAT --> CDR

Notes

DSBD --> DAT --> CDR; via Charlie Kidder

Reviews

Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - January 5, 2011
Subject: Not Bad
I was looking to listen to some later period Dead and was recommended this show. Maybe '94 was not their greatest year but this show is fairly decent. Nice bouncy Stagger Lee and the Stella's really nice but not too much to recommend otherwise.
Reviewer: BIG_R - - February 13, 2010
Subject: 3-5-94
Good show for this era. Nice digital sbd too.
Reviewer: spacecowboy - - August 15, 2009
Subject: Fun Show and Great Nude Drum Circle in "campground"
For 1994, this was a really good show. Enjoyed a little mescalito and boogied with my mates. We all drove from Boulder and enjoyed the run. The "campground" was a massive concrete parking lot surrounded by chain-link. After this show we walked a few miles down to a Denny's to get some food. 1:00am and the place was full of locals. We sat next to a family of five whose average weight had to be close to 300 pounds and they were eating their dinner (1:00am!!)and massive desserts. Walked back to the campground and enjoyed a nude drum circle that had formed right next to my vehicle. Good times!
Reviewer: Direwolf_11581 - - March 14, 2009
Subject: With Respect
Well healy pissed off more than just Bob to get himself Fired.Boy getting fired by the Dead,Ya realy gotta mess up.Healy made the band sound like shit so many times when they should have sounded really good.He would mess with the sound in the middle of the songs, that would drive me crazy.Like there is this Row-Jimmy song were he keeps messing with jerrys mike and jerry gets pretty angry.But the sound better with the new sound man hes just starting out so hes gonna be a little rusty.If it wasnt for jerry forgetting half the lyrics sometimes they would have sounded grate. 3 stars

P.S.
The should have 2 different things to rate on cuz some rate on the sound and others on the performance.Maybe add one more so there are 3 and then it should give an overall.Just putting that out there.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - - June 1, 2008
Subject: Good tight and rocking show
Though pretty light on the jams and fairly short, this show has a lot of energy and solid playing. Jerry and Vince especially. Jerry has that characteristic acoustic Lightning Bolt sound going and he's dancing, dipping and darting. Check out China Cat, it's a real barn burner of a version. And Vince plays some really nice organ (Loose Lucy rocks) and e piano and keeps the weirder synth tones under control. Everybody's focused and engaged for this one which makes for a good listen especially when the sound is as clear as it is for this show. Nice playing by all the lads though Bobby's midi strumming on Saturday Night isn't to my taste. I like a more natural guitar sound. My only real complaint is that there's very little of Phil to be heard. He's playing his ass off too but you have to make an effort to hear him as he's too low in the mix. All in all though it's a good show from late in the game and well worth checking out.
Reviewer: lbforlb - - May 12, 2008
Subject: Re: "VINCE IS ON!!!"
That's an oxymoron.

No rating until I give the show a good listen.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - October 5, 2007
Subject: kick drum ??
cutler must have have been a bit take aback--

this is a thin recording..no bass---
i listen loudly
the kick panned hard right sounds like a child hitting a punching bag---
the playing is sick!
but this is a tiny version of a huge band
without ton's O phil it really doesn't drive as well....the vocals sound excellent and jerry's guitar shimmies and shakes
Reviewer: hornitosmonster - - May 6, 2006
Subject: Awesome! I was at this Show!
This was my first Grateful Dead Concert. I would see them two more times in Vegas before Jerry passed.
Reviewer: dmilks - - February 21, 2006
Subject: Healy and Cutler
In Phil's book he says that Healy really pissed off Weir when he would mess with his vocals during tunes like The Other One. As well, I have heard that Healy had developed a pretty bad drinking problem. I don't know for sure 'bout that part, but yes it is pretty clear that Healy and Weir did not get along.

I know I read somewhere that 3-16-94 was Cutlers first show as soundman, but I can't find where I read that info now that I look for it, so I could easily be persuaded that this was Cutler's first show with a little proof.

Great sounding show here. Better than average performance IMHO. Stella Blue marks the beginning of the Big Stella Blue refrain/solo end segment that was to accompany most Stella's throughout 94.
Reviewer: jamminred - - February 3, 2006
Subject: Healy's been gone
Healy had been gone since fall of 93. This was Cutler's first go round w/ being sound guy. Great show. Stella awesome. He's Gone good too
Reviewer: jackospax - - October 12, 2005
Subject: My first show
This was my first Dead show, me being 15 years old and only aware of Casey Jones and Truckin'- what was played on the local classic rock station- but my good friend Joe was already on the bus and got me hyped up for a good time. I was not disappointed! My life was changed forever by this music. I was very lucky to have seen Jerry on a good night at this point. From Stranger on my jaw was on the floor, I had never heard anything like this! Imagine hearing this drumz>space having no idea it was coming! Beautiful. Thank you Archive.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - - August 18, 2005
Subject: I' ve read about Healy
and I know him and Bob had a problem and Healy was messing with Bobby's sound in the mix and kind of drowning him out and the band looked into it and listended for this and I think maybe among other things this was one of them. He now crossed the line probably after warning and that obviously affected the rest of the band's live show performance and its fans. If I remember correctly Dan didn't like Bobby and it became a bigger problem someone had to go and it wasn't going to be Bobby.
Reviewer: MikesGroover - - June 4, 2005
Subject: STELLA!!
For the Stella alone, this show is worth a listen. Even though it's not super-long, there's plenty of energy from beginning to end. This was the only tough ticket of the run, and the crowd stormed the fences at this brand new venue during Stagger Lee.
China>Rider is hot as well.
Reviewer: Dstone5553 - - May 27, 2005
Subject: STELLA!!
The Stella is one of the very rare magical moments of the Vinnie era (some others--Standing and Slipknot- Eugene '93, Mothers day Shorline first set- '91, Visions- Utah '95) The solo in this Phoenix Stella is truly breathtaking.

Healy got fired, as far as I know, for being an 'enabler.' Not the subtle (Here's a hundred dollars) kind either.
Dstone5553@aol.com
Reviewer: Trannyman - - May 18, 2005
Subject: Get it
Best show of this run. China Rider is hot. Great modern era sound (even though Healy got fired after this run). What did Healy do to get fired anyway?
Reviewer: gemsing777 - - February 18, 2005
Subject: Please welcome, The Vince Welnick Band
VINCE IS ON!!! The Stranger is HOT and Vinny is smokin it up...Listen to Loose Lucy! Vince is all over it ..He sounds like PigPen from a 66 Viola Lee with that Carnival-like Keyboard Rifting...and he also provides some tight backups on one of those LL refrains. 5 stars for Vince being on. Only one other show where I heard (and saw) him being as ON as he is in LL...that show was umm, Boston Garden, 10-3-94. But this show here is Vince's Best Played show of all time...Anyone got any contenders?
Reviewer: Uncle Jimmy - - August 30, 2004
Subject: Hot sound
Great Mix on these boards. Unbelievable quality. You can be the judge if you like the notes played, but the sound is undeniable.
Reviewer: ME_Oakie - - May 29, 2004
Subject: Next Nite Magic
As was the case for the Dead for most of 1994, if you didn't like the mood/music of one night, just wait till the next... Sure enough, this was a solid show right through and through... Although short and not extremely jammed... there are some moments in this show were hope really shown through. The sound quality was good and the song selection, although normal, was solid. Really good renditions of FLAS, Stagger, and Broken Arrow set up the first set for a very good Eternity and, somewhat surprise, Bertha closer. The Second set's China>Rider duo was solid enough and a good verision of Saint and He's gone (complete with vocal jam at end) were also highlights (not to mention that they sandwich a pretty good version of WTGH). The obvious peak song was a stunning rendition of Stella Blue, Jerry sung his heart out on this one and the cresendo solo put a definative exclaimation point on this verison. Like clock work, Bobby reminded the hippies that it was saturday night and then we all were disapointed with the selection of IFTL to close... Oh well, can't have em all... Sound quality of the download is very good as well... Thanks again Archive.org!!!
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